On Being a Sole Remaining Superpower: Lessons from History

Journal of Military Ethics 1 (2):77-90 (2002)
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At various times in history, a single power finds itself, at least for its region and time, a 'sole remaining superpower'. This paper explores the parallels between Athens' superpower status at the end of the Persian War and the US's superpower status in the contemporary world. Athens mismanaged her situation in ways that precipitated her own demise in the Peloponnesian War. The question of what might be analogous to Athens' conduct in contemporary US policy is explored to serve as a kind of 'cautionary tale' for modern US strategy
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